Tuesday, August 14, 2018

AMD Launches World’s Most Powerful Desktop Processor

AMD today announced the availability of world’s most powerful desktop processor, the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor with 32 cores and 64 threads. Designed to power the ultimate computing experiences, 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are built using 12nm “Zen+” x86 processor architecture and offer the most threads on any desktop processor with the flagship model delivering up to 53% greater performance than the competition’s flagship model. Second Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors support the most I/O, and are compatible with existing AMD X399 chipset motherboards via a simple BIOS update, offering builders a broad choice for designing the ultimate high-end desktop or workstation PC.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang Unveils Turing

Ray-traced graphics offer incredible realism. Interactive graphics driven by GPUs offer speed and responsiveness. The two now come together in the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday. Speaking at the SIGGRAPH professional graphics conference in Vancouver, Huang unveiled Turing, NVIDIA’s eighth-generation GPU architecture, bringing ray tracing to real-time graphics. He also introduced the first Turing-based GPUs — the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000. And he detailed the Quadro RTX Server, a reference architecture for the $250 billion visual effects industry.

NVIDIA Unveils Quadro RTX, World’s First Ray-Tracing GPU

NVIDIA today announced its first Turing™ architecture-based GPUs, revolutionizing the work of 50 million designers and artists by enabling them to render photorealistic scenes in real time, add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid interactivity with complex models and scenes.

AI Brings ‘The Meg’ to Life Read more

Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures released “The Meg*,” a science fiction action thriller film starring a prehistoric, 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Powered by Intel artificial intelligence (AI) hardware and created by Scanline VFX* using the Ziva VFX* software, the Megalodon was created by VFX animators in record time and with lifelike accuracy – from the way the shark moves in the water to its muscles and skin – to deliver a jaw-dropping experience to movie audiences around the world.

NVIDIA Reinvents Computer Graphics with Turing Architecture

The greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, Turing features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new Tensor Cores for AI inferencing which, together for the first time, make real-time ray tracing possible. These two engines — along with more powerful compute for simulation and enhanced rasterization — usher in a new generation of hybrid rendering to address the $250 billion visual effects industry. Hybrid rendering enables cinematic-quality interactive experiences, amazing new effects powered by neural networks and fluid interactivity on highly complex models. The company also unveiled its initial Turing-based products — the NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX™ 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs — which will revolutionize the work of some 50 million designers and artists across multiple industries.

Monday, August 13, 2018

World’s Top Graphics Software Companies Are Already Adopting NVIDIA RTX Capabilities

The leading software providers representing many of the most important applications for designing the products we use, the cars we drive, the movies we watch and even for scientists to visualize the world around us are jumping on Turing, NVIDIA’s newly launched GPU architecture. Unveiled today by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang at the annual SIGGRAPH conference, Turing brings together dedicated hardware acceleration of four core elements: AI, ray tracing, programmable shading and simulation. NVIDIA also announced an expansion of its RTX development platform to allow developers to easily incorporate these functions in their applications.

Open Sources Material Definition Language SDK

Security, customizability, flexibility and cost are a few of the benefits of open-source software for developers. They’ll get all these and more from NVIDIA’s Material Definition Language software development kit, which is available starting today as open source. MDL software — a set of tools that integrate the precise look and feel of real-world materials into rendering applications — has long been supported by developers. It gives end-users the freedom to share physically based materials and lights between supporting applications.

YouTube Offers Cash If Stars Stump for New Features

What?!?! Say it isn't so! 😏

The Google-owned company is paying talent upfront sums to use and promote new features, including paid memberships and an enhanced chat, according to people familiar with the deals. The amounts range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing terms that aren’t public.

GOG: Streaming Is Another Layer Of DRM


With streaming, there's another layer to it. You already have games with DRM, so it's more like licensing games than owning them. And streaming is more like renting a game, so it's another layer to this ongoing discussion.

Facebook To Media: Work With Us Or Die

Wait, does anyone actually think Mark Zuckerberg cares about any company other than Facebook?

A senior Facebook executive has privately admitted Mark Zuckerberg “doesn’t care” about publishers and warned that if they did not work with the social media giant, “I’ll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a ­hospice”.

MoviePass Now Restricted To Two Movies

MoviePass continues to suck as it circles the drain.

Before the service went down, subscribers on Friday could only choose between two options — the critically-panned horror flick “Slender Man” and the latest “Mission: Impossible” sequel at an odd hour.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2 (2990WX and 2950X) Review

Make sure you guys take a moment today to read Paul Alcorn's review of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2 2990WX & 2950X at Tom's Hardware.

Ryzen Threadripper 2950X builds on all of the goodness offered by AMD's first-gen Ryzen Threadripper processors, addressing some of our concerns in the process. If you're looking to upgrade from an older CPU to an all-around crowd pleaser, Threadripper 2950X does not disappoint. 

The Outrageous Scam Of “Free” Tablets For Inmates

Once again I ask: Why do prisoners have tablets in the first place? All of this could be eliminated by simply not giving out "free" tablets in the first place. Everything listed below can be done from computers in supervised areas for very little cost to the inmate or the prison.

JPay charges an additional $4.15 service fee to transfer $20 from the outside to an inmate. Sending one email costs $.35, double that to include a photo, and quadruple to include a video. A song can cost up to $2.50, and an album can be — somewhat inexplicably — as much as $46. Chat with a loved one? That’ll be $18 per hour. But even these prices fluctuate during busy seasons. For instance, WIREDreported that the price of an email might increase from $.35 to $.47 around Mother’s Day, when inmates most want to communicate with loved ones.

ASUS Introduces RGB FX External Hard Drive

ASUS FX External Hard Drive is the world's first 2.5” HDD with Aura Sync lighting, USB 3.1 Gen1 data transmission speed, 256-bit AES encryption, and a capacity of either 1 TB or 2 TB for an extreme reliable backup solution. Featuring a futuristic design and exclusive Aura Sync LED lighting, ASUS FX gives any gaming setup a dashing look. 

IGN Plagiarizer Claims It Was Unintentional

This is the face of a liar. When your best excuse for word by word plagiarism is it was "unintentional," you're a lying bastard.

Former IGN editor Filip Miucin, who was fired this week after an investigation into allegations that he had plagiarized a video game review, responded last night on his YouTube channel, telling viewers that there were “a lot of circumstances” surrounding the review and that he did not intend to plagiarize from another channel.

Concept Artist of the Day

You guys really should check out this website. Why? The image below is just one of the many amazing things this guy has created:

Fallout 76 Turns Griefers Into Wanted Murderers

This sounds interesting. I wonder how it's going to be exploited by griefers (you know they will find a way).

If a player begins attacking another, the victim can choose to engage and trigger a proper PVP battle with rewards, including a bonus should the fallen player seek revenge once he or she respawns. However, if the victim chooses not to engage, the damage inflicted by the attacker is much less than usual. Still, that weakened damage can gradually build, and should the unwilling combatant die, the aggressor gets no rewards—and instead is branded a “wanted murderer” within the game.

AMD Introduces Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 at SIGGRAPH 2018

AMD today announced a high-performance addition to the Radeon Pro WX workstation graphics lineup with the AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card, delivering the world’s best workstation graphics performance for under $1,000 for real-time visualization, virtual reality (VR) and photorealistic rendering. AMD also unveiled major updates to Radeon™ ProRender and a new alliance with the Vancouver Film School, enabling the next-generation of creators to realize their VFX visions through the power of Radeon™ Pro graphics. The new turbocharged AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 graphics card allows professionals to effortlessly accelerate design and rendering. It is the ideal graphics card for design and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) workloads at all stages of product development.

How Deep Learning Enables Autonomous Vehicles to Understand Their Environment

Humans are constantly taking in data from the world around them using five primary senses. You hear your phone ring, see a notification on your computer screen or touch something hot. However, without perception, there’s no way to decipher those inputs and determine what’s relevant. That you should answer the call, know there’s an email to respond to or pull away your hand before it’s burned.

Now imagine driving on a highway, where a constant stream of information surrounds you. From lane markings and street signs to lane-splitting motorcyclists, merging trucks and traffic jams — the ability to make instant, informed decisions is not just a skill, it’s an imperative. Just as perception enables humans to make instant associations and act on them, the ability to extract relevant knowledge from immediate surroundings is a fundamental pillar for the safe operation of an autonomous vehicle.

NVIDIA to Open GeForce Esports Boot Camps

The life of an esports player is the life of true athlete: Train hard and train with the best to be your best. We’ve offered boot camps in our GeForce Esports studio in Silicon Valley since 2015 to do just that. This fall, we’re opening two new facilities, in Munich and Shanghai, so more of our teams can prepare for esports tournaments. Locating the boot camps halfway around the world from each other is no accident. Esports is an international phenomenon. Some of the most successful teams have completely mixed nationalities.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Update On Bethesda Blocking Game Sale On Amazon

I understand this completely.

"He's not trying to sell a secondhand game, he's trying to sell a new game," he told me. "He was listing the product as if it was new. All we're saying is if it's a previously owned product, you have to sell it as a previously owned product - you cannot represent it's new because we have no way to verify what you're selling actually is new. 

"You could have opened it up, played it for five hours, taken whatever inserts or stuff was in there, put it back in shrink wrap and said, 'Hey this is new.' It's not new - you owned it, you bought it, so just list it as a used title. That's it, that's the end of the argument. "We're not trying to stop anybody from selling used games," he clarified. "People sell used games all the time - we understand that, we're not trying to stop that.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: One with the Jungle Gameplay Reveal

There is a new seven minute Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer out today. Well, it actually dropped on Friday but I was asleep at the wheel. 😌

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fortnite Season 5 Honest Game Trailer

I love Honest Game Trailers. This a perfect example why.

Why Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Never Happened

I know the whole "why Half-Life 2: Episode 3 never happened" has been done to death but this article is still pretty interesting. Thanks to Jim Adkins for the link.

Earlier in the interview, Gabe also revealed that there was a lot more content planned aside from the three episodes. "There are three that are in this arc. There are three that are worked out, and those are the ones that we've been talking about so far." This would suggest that after the third episode, there could be another three, followed by additional Half-Life content. Quite what this would entail isn't clear, but as we still haven't had Episode Three, we may never know.

DOOM Eternal Gameplay Trailer

I can't wait!

RAGE 2: Eden Assault Extended Gameplay

I'm not sure why, but I am really looking forward to this game.

Friday, August 10, 2018

How To Get Thrown Out Of DEF CON

Ever wondered how you could thrown out of DEF CON and banned from a casino at the same time? Moronic tweets seem to work.

When he went to reception to find out what the problem was he was met by two security guards who took him to the room, told him pick up his stuff and escorted him off the premises. He was also given a written warning that he would be prosecuted if he stepped foot in the hotel again.

Cuphead Goes Triple Platinum

Whoa, three million copies sold is pretty impressive!

Hello friends! We’re barely past the halfway mark of 2018, and are humbled to announce that Cuphead has already reached over 3 million copies sold! It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters. 

GeForce RTX 2080?

Ugh, these rumors from anonymous people are getting out of hand but hey...you never know...right?

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Review

If you have a spare $400 burning a hole in your pocket, the folks at BmR say the Samsung SSD 970 EVO is a solid investment.

In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 1TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO, which pairs their latest 64-cell layer V-NAND and a 1GB LPDDR4 DRAM cache buffer with their new Phoenix controller to produce up to 3400 MB/s reads at 500,000 IOPS and 2500 MB/s writes at 450,000 IOPS, and we compare performance against all the leading competition. 

Hulu Losses Double in Q2 to $357 Million

This isn't surprising at all, it seems like the company loses money every quarter. They'll probably just make you watch more / longer ads.

In Q2, Hulu sustained a loss of about $357 million, double from the prior-year quarter of about $173 million. That’s based on Comcast’s 10-Q filing for the period, which said the streamer’s losses were “primarily due to higher programming and marketing costs.” Disney’s quarterly filing also cited increased content spending along with “labor costs, partially offset by higher subscription and advertising revenue.”

ASUSTOR AS1004T V2 NAS Server Review

The crew at NikKTech just published a review of the ASUSTOR AS1004T V2 NAS server.

As NAS servers become more popular just like with any other segment of the industry competition between manufacturers grows even stronger and that means they are presented with two valid choices/options either design, manufacture and roll out brand new models or save both money and time by upgrading existing ones with the latest hardware components. 

Intel SSD 660p Review

The crew at HotHardware say that if you are looking for snappy NVMe storage at rock-bottom prices, Intel's SSD 660p should be just what you are looking for.

Intel has taken another step forward in its perpetual march towards high-capacity, lower-cost solid state drives. Today’s release of the new Intel SSD 660p series of drives marks the first in the company’s line-up to pack its brand-new 64-layer QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND flash memory, which essentially doubles the capacities available within the same footprint of previous-gen technologies.

Ryzen (2000-Series) Overclocking Guide

If you have plans to overclock your Ryzen CPU, you might want to check out TweakTown's overclocking guide.

AMD's Ryzen CPUs have been out for almost a year, and it's now time for us to put out an easy to understand and easy to follow overclocking guide for the CPU. The AM4 platform has matured a lot, and so things are much more stable and overclocking is easier now than ever. AMD offers two ways to overclock their Ryzen CPUs; through the motherboard's UEFI and through AMD's Ryzen Master application.

Battlefield V Closed Alpha Next Week

The Battlefield V closed alpha kicks off next week. Thanks to Blue's for the news.

We’ve read and acted on much of the feedback that we received during the first Closed Alpha. You’ll get a better glimpse of those changes during our Open Beta period, but for Closed Alpha 2, we would like you to focus on the matchmaking, squad joining functionality, as well as simply playing as you normally would, so that we can evaluate our tweaked leveling curves.

NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang Takes Center Stage at SIGGRAPH 2018

For anyone whose life’s work involves computer graphics, there’s no event in the world like the annual SIGGRAPH conference. This year, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang will take the stage at the show in Vancouver, Canada, to share how AI, real-time ray tracing and VR are transforming the computer graphics industry. His talk will begin at 4pm PT on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Vancouver Convention Center, unofficially kicking off the show’s five-day immersion into the latest innovations in CG, animation, VR, games, mixed reality and emerging technologies.

Come On, Come On, Look a Little Closer at Solar System History

The moon has captured humans’ imaginations for thousands of years — but an astronomical number of questions remain about its history, and the history of our solar system. Some of the answers lie in the craters that pockmark the moon’s surface. And with deep learning, scientists are able to see these craters more clearly than ever before. Think of crater research as “solar system archaeology,” says astrophysicist Mohamad Ali-Dib, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Planetary Sciences.